Academic journal article Alberta History

A Battalion of Our Own 113th Overseas Battalion CEF, the Lethbridge Highlanders

Academic journal article Alberta History

A Battalion of Our Own 113th Overseas Battalion CEF, the Lethbridge Highlanders

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A Battalion of Our Own 113th Overseas Battalion CEF, The Lethbridge Highlanders

by Brett Clifton

64 printed pages + 80 illustrations. Lethbridge Historical Society, Box 974, Lethbridge. Occasional Paper 56. $17 to Members, $21 to non-Members.

From the onset of World War 1, the Lethbridge area provided a large number of recruits for the five or six Artillery units that were being recruited in Alberta. Then in 1915, Lethbridge Mayor Hardie made a strong plea for Lethbridge to get a "Battalion of Our Own." He was equally adamant that they should be kilted.

The 113th Battalion began recruiting in November 1915 and trained at Camp Sarcee in Calgary until September 1916. The nominal roll shows from just how far and wide the members were recruited. There was a strong support from residents of Scottish background from all over the south, but the ranks were actually filled by many other nationalities as well. By the time the Kilties reached England in late 1915, there had been many losses to other Canadian Battalions which were serving at the front. The 113th Lethbridge Highlanders, like many other Battalions, was broken up and used to reinforce those battalions that had suffered heavy losses. …

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